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Ford Capri III

Overview

Produced: 1977-1986, 324045 produced. (All Capri IIIs)
Types: Hatchback,3 doors,4 seats(Sports Hatchback)
photo of mk3 Capri 3.0S (as used in TV series The Professionals)

The Capri had been a great success for Ford ever since its launch in 1969. By 1978 sales were still strong and despite a previous facelift in 1974 Ford once again updated the Capri range. The Capri III received a new front which incorporated four small headlamps, new bumpers and revised rear lights.

Once again 1300, 1600, 2.0 and 3.0 litre versions were available in a range of trim levels. The 1300 was dropped from the range in 1982 and a new 2.8 injection model replaced the 3.0 litre. The range was drastically rationalised in the mid-80's and included a 1.6 entry model, a 1.6 Laser, 2.0S and the range topping 2.8 injection. The last models rolled out of the showrooms in 1988 and a special 280 Brooklands model provided the Grand Finale. 

Buyers Guide Ford Capri MK III featured in Practical Classics Spring 2002 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click here to view.

Source: Motorbase

Engines

CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
1993ccS4 OHCFord Pinto90.82mm x 76.95mm0
1297ccS4 OHVFord Kent81mm x 63mm0
1593ccS4 OHCFord Pinto87.7mm x 66mm0
2994ccV6 OHVFord Essex93.66mm x 72.4mm0

Fuel System

TypeNumberCapacityComment
Weber1Twin-choke

Performance

Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
99 mph12.7 s19 s28 mpg88 bhp 57001600S

Brakes

FrontRearComment
DiscDrumVacuum servo assisted

Dimensions

WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
0' 101"0' 53"0' 54"0' 101"0' 67" 0 (20)0' 0"

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